The Raptors, as it turned out, made it to the morning shootaround without the aid of the mechanically challenged bus. The team disembarked and, although the arena is only a few blocks from their hotel, cabs were called.
Weems estimated the ride cost “about three dollars, but I don’t know. I didn’t pay.”
Weems, to clarify, didn’t jump the fare. The team paid for the cabs for the players. The coaches walked, which, come game time, was exactly what some of the players appeared to be doing on the defensive end as the Timberwolves shot 61 per cent in the fourth quarter while keeping it close.
“Just play defence, that’s all we’ve got to do,” said Weems. “I think some people just don’t buy into it. It’s just some people being lazy. Once we buy into it, we can be a great team.”